*Not to be confused with Diary of a colonoscopy from earlier this year in which I was also oversharing. Hey, you all know I didn’t start a blog to show you how I do my hair. Disclaimer: If you are a dude, you probably don’t want to read this. It’s all about lady parts … […]

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  • Snarkfest - I hope that after all of this, you DO finally get some well-deserved relief!! I love your descriptions and I thank you for not posting real pics (although I AM morbidly curious).ReplyCancel

    • Michelle - Christmas card ’15. I might photoshop some reindeer antlers or a jolly beard on them.ReplyCancel

  • Jackie Owen - Wow….it sounds horrible! I hope you get some relief!ReplyCancel

  • Sue K. - As usual you nailed it. Had a lap for endo in the early 90s. Your description of it all is spot on!!! Feel better soon and all fingers crossed that you get some relief. Endo is nasty stuff.ReplyCancel

  • Kayla Lechtenberger Bohlen - Sorry you had to go thru this and I really hope it works for you. Most importantly, I would love to hear from the recovery nurse about your missing 40 min. convo. 😉ReplyCancel

I’ve always envied people who have personal trainers. Not because of the actual personal trainer. I mean, who wants to have someone around whose sole purpose is to make you exercise on a regular basis, not to mention knowing when you cheated or lied about it? *shudder* No, I’ve envied them because they’re usually fantastically fit, […]

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  • Mondays Are Forever - I feel the same way! I try to have a healthy replationship with food, exercise and my jeans. It is a delicate balance! :)ReplyCancel

  • Lucia Paul - I still like your writing despite the fact that you have the self discipline to do this as needed. Thomas Bagel Thins and the other brands of sandwich thins do make a huge difference for us “sandwich lovers.” I suffer from reverse body dysmorphia. I think I look a whole bunch better than I really do. I need the regular kind.ReplyCancel

  • Sisterhood of the Sensible Moms - You’re hired! :) EllenReplyCancel

  • Stacey Hatton - This is an awesome post! I want to try those zucchini noodles tonight. Is the recipe somewhere? I’ll have to pull out my mandolin and pray I don’t sever a finger!ReplyCancel

Last week, right after taking the older daughter back to college and the resulting fallout (i.e., shoe-buying excursions) that occurred from that, the younger daughter began serving her time in the big house. High school. Ninth grade. Freshman year.   As you might imagine, there was some wine consumed. And while my rising freshman had spent […]

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  • Lisa Thorbjarnarson Enslow - Just discovered your writing, thanks to Grown and Flown on FB. Loved the piece about technology linking your daughters, and this one about starting high school! I have three daughters, one a college sophomore (nearby), one a college freshman (400 miles away) and one a high school freshman. The 2 younger ones have a relationship that sounds a lot like your girls’, and I have had to hold my tears while watching my youngest miss her sister. It’s so nice to see that I have good company in this journey. Reading about other smart women who are surviving the progression towards an empty nest helps me greatly. Thanks!!ReplyCancel

Fall. I absolutely love it. Is it the crisp evenings, colorful leaves, and Pumpkin Spiced Lattes? Is it the leggings and boots, flannel and fleece, and fun-sized candy that practically jumps into your cart on its own every time you make a trip to Target? Absolutely, but even more than all those wonderful things, it’s […]

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  • Snarkfest - So I’m really torn! My pretend boyfriend Mike Rowe’s show on CNN “Somebody’s Gotta Do It” comes back in Sept on Sunday nights. At the same time as Talking Dead! Some sick twisted beast has an awful sense of humor doing that to me.

    Also looking forward to Criminal Minds, The Walking Dead and Bones.ReplyCancel

    • Michelle - Can’t you DVR Talking Dead so you can get your Rowe fix live?? Or will Rowe have his feelings hurt if you DVR him instead? I know he loves you so I bet he’d understand.
      My girls LOOOOVVE Bones. I love the actors but the story lines creep me the hell out. When we are at our cabin (in the woods) they’ll sometimes look around and say, “Ooh! This is totally where Bones would find a severed hand or a decapitated head” just to mess with me.ReplyCancel

  • Shay from Trashy Blog - I won’t be watching a lot, but I DO love fall. And it’s so starting to feel like it already! YESSSSSSSReplyCancel

  • Lara - I’m so very thankful to find out I’m not the only one who prints a TV schedule for the fall and highlights it.ReplyCancel

    • Michelle - Right?!? And lucky for us, the EW Fall TV edition is coming soooooonnnn!!!! :) :) :)ReplyCancel

Huh. I just realized the last Friday Favorites post I published was a few weeks ago and it was titled “Indulgences.” This week it’s “Gluttony.” Nothing like making my way through the seven deadly sins this summer. Again. And yes, I know indulgence isn’t formally one of the seven deadly sins, but it’s close enough to […]

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  • Peggy Fox Weaver - Buttermilk isn’t a kitchen staple like it used to be when we would make Hidden Valley ranch dressing from a packet in the 70’s!! Shake, Shake, Shake.

    If you need a way to use up that buttermilk, try this receipe. I think it might meet your qualifications in terms of number of ingredients and time in the kitchen!

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